William Fetter

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William Fetter
Shoulder-high portrait of a man in his mid thirties with small mustache wearing a black suit with a narrow dark striped tie
William Fetter when he worked for Boeing Aircraft
Born William Alan Fetter
(1928-03-14)March 14, 1928
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Died June 23, 2002(2002-06-23) (aged 74)
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Cause of death Type I Aortic Dissection
Nationality American
Occupation Director and CEO of Siroco, a research corporation,
Chair of Design Department for SIU
Communications Design Director, Boeing, Seattle
Spouse(s) Barbara Shaffer Fetter
Children Brant Fetter
Elena Fetter
Relatives Richard Fetter (Brother)

William Fetter (1928-2002) was an American computer graphics art director. In 1964, while working for Boeing, he made the first computer model of a human body ("Boeing Man"). He coined the term Computer Graphics in 1960, to describe his work at Boeing.[1]

Early Employment 1930-1960[edit]

Fetter graduated from grade schools in Independence/Englewood, Missouri in 1941. He graduated from Northeast high school in Kansas City in 1945 and completed US Army service in 1948. Attending Kansas City University, he then earned a BA at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1952. He continued as a Designer for the University of Illinois Press Art Division in 1950 – 1954. The Art Director rolls for Family Weekly and John Hicks Studios were from 1954 – 1959. He was Supervisor of Advanced Design Graphics at Boeing Wichita 1959 – 1963 leading to a landmark computer graphics patent and a similar role at Boeing Seattle 1963 – 1969. He became Vice President of Graphcomp Sciences Corporation in California 1969 – 1970. (From William Fetter, 2000)


  1. ^ Wayne Carlson (2003) A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation. The Ohio State University

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